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A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda
  • 1988
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Charles Crichton, John Cleese ()
  • Written by: John Cleese
  • Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
  • Language: English, Italian, Russian

Stuffy English lawyer Archie Leach (Cleese) gets involved with a gang of diamond thieves, including brash American Kline and animal lover Palin, because he has information that will help them lay their hands on the swag. Glamorous Wanda (Curtis) steps in to romance him into talking, but love rears its head. Remarkably effective comedy, with the black humour of the Python generation given a narrative control and sense of timing that only a veteran's steady hand could provide. And it makes a wonderful romantic lead out of the rather unlikely Cleese.

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